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THE INTERVIEW Tara Chambers’ cheer gym promotes positive coaching

{ 10 } HERE COMES THE BRIDE Samantha Kloster

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Three Cheers for Positive Coaching! By KATIE VANBRACKLE


ey, girl!” David Byers’ booming voice and big smile greet me as soon as I enter the gym at Strikers Tumble and Cheer. A hug soon follows. Byers knows no strangers. “OK, get your ears ready,” he warns. “Because I’m about to crank up the music and I like it loud!” With that, Byers launches into coach mode, transferring his focus and energy to a row of young students – 18 girls and one boy – lined up on tumbling mats, all redcheeked and sweating. And all smiles. The smiles are noteworthy as it is near the end of a grueling two-hour conditioning practice, part of the regular training regimen for Strikers Red, a newly


Milton mom opens her own gym, seeking balance between competition and compassion formed competition cheer team comprised of fourth- to ninth-grade kids from the Milton area. Those who have raised children through the pre-teen and early teen years know all too well that this is a Brittany Ver Steegh with Strikers teammates during a competition. sensitive time in the lives of young kids. Egos are fragile, emotions are intense without feeling deflated if they fail. It’s Chambers, a Milton mother of three and eye rolls are frequent. remarkable.” active children, has worked with many Yet inside the Strikers gym at 8:30 So remarkable, that when Byers coaches in various sports through the p.m., even after a long day of school, the confided that he was considering leaving years, but when her daughter Merritt kids are laughing with Byers as he leads his current gym and moving back to began taking cheer lessons from David them through their routine just one more Arkansas, Chambers immediately said, Byers, she knew she had stumbled across time. “Oh no, you’re not! We need our daughter someone very special. But wait a minute, you might say. This around people like you.” “David has a magnetic personality is competitive cheerleading. Where are Chambers knew other Milton moms – everything about him is positive,” she the catty girls? The drama queens? The said. “He has a way of motivating kids that intense, yelling coaches? ► See INTERVIEW, Page 8 is unlike any other coach I’ve ever seen. Not here. And that’s just how Tara He teaches them to rise to a challenge Chambers likes it.



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▼ INTERVIEW, Continued from Page 6 would feel the same, and slowly, a new idea began to form. “I know you’re going to think I’m crazy,” she told her husband, Neil. “But what would you say about opening our own cheer gym – and bringing David Byers with us?” Thus, Strikers Tumble and Cheer was born. Chambers had entrepreneurial confidence, having previously owned her own company, but no new venture is without risk. Her initial challenges were finding the right facility and recruiting new students as quickly as possible. Early help arrived in the form of friend Shelley Margow, owner of Children’s Therapy Works in Alpharetta, who offered the use of her facility’s tumbling mats until a larger space could be obtained. “We couldn’t have made it without Shelley,” said Chambers, “She is an amazing person with such a big heart. She housed us for five months until the new gym was up and running.” Chambers was confident in Byers’ ability to attract new students, but even she was amazed at how quickly the word spread. “We needed to secure 100 students by December of 2013 in order for our business model to work,” she recalled. “We were blown away when we had 100 by October without any advertising at all.” Susan Warren was one of the first mothers to sign up. “David was exactly what our daughter Anna needed during her sixth-grade year, which is a tough one emotionally for many girls,” said Warren. “We’ve worked with coaches at other cheer gyms and there is no one out there like David,” she said. “Other coaches feel the need to yell at their teams, sometimes degrading the girls. David commands respect from his team, but gives it right back. They are not allowed to put down one another. Instead, you see them cheering each other on, clapping and slapping each other on the back. It’s awesome. We are so thankful that Tara and Neil Chambers decided to take a chance and open a gym.” Strikers Tumble and Cheer moved to their current location near the intersection of Alpharetta Highway and McFarland Parkway in July 2013. In addition to offering a variety of tumbling and instructional classes, the gym hosts two competitive co-ed cheer

teams – Strikers Red for fourth- through ninth-graders and Strikers Black for second-, third- and fourth-graders. Though brand new to the cheer scene, Strikers Red exceeded all early expectations, taking fifth place at their first competition in December 2013, and third and fourth place, respectively, during competitions in January and February of this year. Though proud of his team’s success, Byers says that at the end of the day, trophies are not the goal. “Cheer is more than a sport for me. It’s about teaching these kids solid life skills,” he said. “Working together toward a common goal. Believing in yourself. Yes, I’m competitive and I love to win, but not at the risk of burning out my students. Tumbling is 70 percent mental and 30 percent physical. A girl has to trust herself to do these skills. If I can build her up, then she will become self-confident and independent, in life as well as cheer.” This positive approach appealed to Lee Leathers, mother of 9-year-old Bennett, the youngest member of Strikers Red. Leathers was hesitant at first to place her daughter on a highly competitive team, but Byers’ warmth won her over. “David makes a point to come into the gym lobby after practice to speak to every single parent in the room. He knows all of the siblings’ names. He chats with the grandmothers who drive carpool. I have never in my life seen a coach who does that. The girls feel so safe with him – they know he genuinely cares about them,” she said. At every practice, Byers pays attention to each student’s mood, noting who might be having a bad day. “If they can come into my gym for a couple of hours and feel at peace and enjoy their time here, then all of the work is so worth it,” he said. Strikers Red is currently training for a competition to be held at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta on March 29. The team experienced a fall during February’s competition, but they have learned to let it go and move on. “Merritt used to get down on herself if she failed,” said Chambers. “But now she has the confidence to see a mistake as just that – a mistake – and she doesn’t let it weigh her down. David taught her that. As a coach, he knows when a girl needs to be reprimanded and when she just needs a hug.” For more information on Strikers Tumble and Cheer, visit www. ■



Tumbling is 70 percent mental and 30 percent physical. A girl has to trust herself to do these skills. Strikers coach DAVID BYERS

1. From left, coach Matt Berry, Tara Chambers, coach David Byers and Neil Chambers. 2. David Byers congratulates Bennett Leathers. 3. Faith Dunn receives a hi-five from David Byers during practice. 4. Strikers hard at practice. 5. Strikers Red after placing third in the Cheersport Atlanta Grand Championship in January. 8 | | march2014

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So how did he propose? We were with a group of friends on a trip to the British Virgin Islands over New Year’s Eve. One afternoon out on the water, Neil asked me to haul up a rope that was hanging over the side of the boat. When I pulled the rope up out of the ocean, I found a ring tied to the end of it. Then he went down on one knee and our friends all ran up and sprayed us with champagne.

How would you describe your wedding style? We are having our reception at the King Plow Arts Center in Atlanta, which is a very rustic, industrial facility — lots of old brick and iron. I want to take that look and add a gorgeous, romantic element. My sister Caroline says that I pretty much want Restoration Hardware to decorate my wedding.

He left your diamond ring dangling on a rope in the ocean?? I know, right? Guess that's what happens when a group of guys plans something. He tied it on with a LOT of knots, but still!

Your colors? Neutrals. All neutrals. My bridesmaids’ dresses will be grey and there are actually a lot of really pretty grey flowers out there. My florist is trying to convince me to add some soft pinks, but we’ll see. You are very close to your two sisters — Caroline and Heidi. How did you choose your maid of honor? I didn’t. I’m going to have co-maids of honor!

Any reception food plans yet? Still working on it—but we like the idea of a Mason jar station where you can layer foods like shrimp & grits, or maybe a biscuit, then fried chicken, then gravy topped with fried okra or some other veggie.

Heidi is also newly engaged — how are your parents feeling about planning two large weddings within one year? Well, with three daughters all very close in age, I think they knew this might happen one day. They are just trying to enjoy it! My dad, in particular, is beyond excited. He wants to be involved in every aspect of the wedding. He went with me to the bridal shop because we had to make sure that he also said ‘Yes’ to the dress!


How many bridesmaids will you have? Nine. Two sisters and seven friends. We all plan to head to the coast for a bachelorette party — probably to Charleston. We’ll rent a beach house and bring in a big group of friends to celebrate.

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Allison Kloster: Yes, we freaked out a bit when we learned that we would be hosting two weddings eight weeks apart! We told them that we planned to close off our cul-de-sac, put up a huge tent and have two weddings in a row on the same day. Surprisingly, neither girl has taken us up on that offer. (Laughs) What I love is how supportive Sam and Heidi are to each other. Their styles are totally different — I can’t even get them to share a veil! — but whatever one picks out, the other gets so excited about. There is no competition for attention at all — even though they are sharing the limelight. My husband, Peter, and I are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, so for many reasons, this is a really special time in my life and I hope to enjoy every moment. It’s amazing when your children find the love of their lives. 10 | | march2014


Have you found lots of ideas on Pinterest? Pinterest is great, but it almost makes things harder — there are so many ideas to choose from! I did use a Pinterest idea for asking my bridesmaids to be in my wedding. I gave each girl a pretty bottle with a cork in it and rolled up a “message in a bottle” inside, complete with a lace tag and ribbon tied around the outside.

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Suffering from ‘Downton’ withdrawals? Five novels transport readers back to the world of lords and ladies



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Rutherford Park By Elizabeth Cooke For the Cavendish family, Rutherford Park is much more than a home. It is a way of life marked by rigid rules. Lady of the house Octavia lives like a bird in a gilded cage. With her family’s fortune, her husband, William, has made significant additions to the estate, but he too feels bound – by the obligations of his title as well as his vows. Their son, Harry, is expected to follow in William’s footsteps, but the boy has dreams of his own. Meanwhile, below stairs, a housemaid named Emily holds a secret that could undo the Cavendish name. As the clouds of World War I gather on the horizon, an epic tale of longing and betrayal is about to unfold at Rutherford Park.

The Remains of the Day By Kazuo Ishiguro In 1956, Stevens, a longserving butler at Darlington Hall, decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country. The six-day excursion becomes a journey into the past of Stevens and England, a past that takes in fascism, two world wars and an unrealized love between the butler and his housekeeper. “The Remains of the Day” is a sad and humorous love story, a meditation on the condition of modern man and an elegy for England at a time of acute change.

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The Shooting Party By Isabel Colegate In the autumn of 1913, Sir Randolph Nettleby assembles a brilliant array of guests at his Oxfordshire estate for the biggest hunt of the season. The gentlemen are falling into the prescribed mode of fellowship and sporting rivalry; the ladies are intrigued by the latest gossip and fashion. Everything about this splendid weekend would seem a perfect consummation of the pleasures afforded the privileged in Edwardian England. And yet the moral and social code of this group is not so secure as it seems. Competition beyond the bounds of sportsmanship, revulsion at the slaughter of animals, anger at the inequities of class – these forces are about to rise up and engulf the assured social peace, a peace that can only last a brief while longer.

Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor By Rosina Harrison In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental

Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty and traveled the world. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country. For 35 years, Rose was closer to Lady Astor than anyone else. “Rose” is a captivating insight into the great wealth “upstairs” and the endless work “downstairs,” but it is also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.

The Buccaneers By Edith Wharton, Marion Mainwaring Nan and Jinny St. George both have wealth and beauty in generous supply. In the New York society of the 1870s, however, only those with old money can achieve elite status. Nan’s new governess, herself an outsider, takes pity on their plight and launches them instead on the unsuspecting British aristocracy. Lords, dukes, marquesses and members of Parliament, it seems, not only appreciate beauty, but also the money that New York’s heiresses can supply. A story of love and marriage among the old and new moneyed classes, “The Buccaneers” is a delicately perceptive portrayal of a world on the brink of change. ■

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Karen Carroll oversees mentoring program for children in Forsyth County By JADE RODGERS



Karen Carroll is Program Director for Mentor Me-North Georgia.

here is an age-old adage that “time is fleeting,” but the mentors of Mentor Me North Georgia are in the business of making memories that will last for a lifetime. Mentor Me was established in 2002 as a nonprofit Leadership Forsyth class project and became Mentor Me North Georgia in 2008. Implementing a careful screening process, Mentor Me matches kids, ages 6-17, with a responsible adult who will serve as their mentor and friend. Karen Carroll perches at the helm of this incredible project as the program director of Mentor Me. Part of the matching process for mentors and kids includes coordinating location and interests of the subjects matched. Carroll endeavors to ensure that matched volunteers and kids have a long and healthy pairing through Mentor Me.

“We like to show the kids new things and provide positive guidance. We want to make sure personalities are going to mesh,” Carroll said. Throughout the nonprofit’s years of service in Forsyth County, hundreds of children have been mentored. Carroll said referrals typically come from school counselors and parents, but any child can apply to take part in the Mentor Me program. They simply need to be looking for an affirming influence in their life. Typically, the children served by Mentor Me stem from single-parent homes or homes where they are being raised by non-immediate family members. However, the mission of the nonprofit is to help children reach their potential, which can be accomplished regardless of the child’s home life. Having a mentor increases a child’s self-esteem, promotes curiosity about new things and opens children up to different and exciting experiences. Children left at home alone too much may regress or plateau in their studies and in life. “Sometimes moms are working all the time or have three or four kids and don’t have time to be a role model,” Carroll said. “I have a child I matched who was amazed just to have a sit down, family dinner with their mentor.” Mentor Me helps kids to not only envision a better life for themselves, but teaches them that

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of positive influence. “I have felt strongly about [Mentor Me] since before I became the program director,” she said. “One person can make a world of difference to a child.” Thanks to people like Carroll, the children of Forsyth County are experiencing that difference every day and have a better chance to be happy, healthy and productive adults. Mentor Me is always looking for new volunteers to help the children of Forsyth County. Currently, there are more kids on the wait list for a mentor than volunteers to provide for each child. Find out how you can become a mentor at ■

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anything they dream about can be accomplished with the right attitude. There are important factors that distinguish a mentor from a parent. Parents are expected to be responsible for a child’s basic needs: food, shelter, clothing and discipline. Mentors are not intended to fill this role. Subsequently, a mentor can be a resource of comfort and trust for a child when a parent might not. “Some of our mentors help with academics,” Carroll said. “There are some things kids won’t talk to their parents about, but the mentor is someone they can talk to.” The volunteers of Mentor Me help children find the positive reinforcement they need to make good decisions in life and stay away from drugs, delinquency and teen pregnancy. Every child is different, so it is up to mentors to determine the activities they will partake in with their matched child. Activities can range from an afternoon of baking cookies to taking the child on vacation. “I started mentoring in 2011,” Carroll said. “You can incorporate your family in the process.” In reference to the child she currently mentors, Carroll said, “My kids always ask when we are going to pick up Taylor.” Volunteers like Carroll all have different reasons and inspiration that have pushed them to work with Mentor Me. “My parents were awesome,” Carroll said. “I always had someone I could count on. I wanted to be that for someone. I think that’s why most people mentor, for that reason.” It is all about making the child feel like they are listened to, like they are special, and Carroll does just that. “Mentor time is their time,” she said. It takes a special person to be a mentor. You have to believe in the power

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Entertaining advice from Lee Chadwick of the Metropolitan Club By KATIE VANBRACKLE


or Lee Chadwick, being a gracious hostess is a way of life. As president and owner of the Metropolitan Club, a premiere events facility in Alpharetta, Chadwick oversees around 200 events every year – from weddings and formal soirées to nonprofit fundraisers and corporate trainings. Already renowned for exceptional food and service in a stylish setting, the Metropolitan Club will soon receive a

design makeover, with plans for a new front patio and sleek new furnishings throughout. Entertaining and feeding so many varied groups on such a grand scale requires a serious arsenal of culinary skills, something Chadwick says is in her blood as a fifth generation chef. As a young woman, Chadwick was determined to avoid the restaurant business initially. She chose instead to study architecture and design. However, destiny steered her back into the kitchen in Chicago, where she worked as a catering director for the University of Illinois Medical Center. Here, she learned to apply design skills to the culinary arts. The medical center frequently hosted teams of professionals and students from all over the world, and feeding them posed unique challenges. “These people were not cheeseburger eaters,” she recalled. “Each group had

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▼ GOODEATS, Continued from Page 16 totally different needs and preferences. It required a new way of thinking to learn which foods, flavors and textures were more universally acceptable.” Chadwick consulted with international chefs in the Chicago area to enhance her knowledge of global cuisine, and then began to experiment. The possibilities were endless – such as wrapping French roasted duck inside an Asian eggroll, served with a white grape dipping sauce. It was fusion food before fusion food was cool. As a newlywed, Chadwick wanted to share her cooking skills with friends, but dinner parties were a much more formal affair back then. “This was a time when brides still registered for things like fingerbowls,” she said. “Hosting a dinner party meant inviting six people to your home, where you would attempt to cook five complicated, new recipes flawlessly, then wind up doing dishes until the following week. Talk about stress! It was absurd.” She chuckles at the memory of one of those early dinner parties. “I decided to host a Moroccan feast – removing the legs from my dining room table and seating my guests on cushions on the floor. About halfway through my six-course meal, I rose to clear plates and discovered that my foot had gone to sleep. I stumbled, rolled my ankle and wound up breaking my foot in three places. But, true to the rules of the era, I said nothing and

The key to entertaining is not to make the preparations so difficult that you won’t do it. LEE CHADWICK kept going through all six courses as if nothing was amiss. I just drank a lot more wine!” Years later, when her own daughter became a new bride, Chadwick was determined that Jordan would learn to entertain guests without all the fuss. Inspired to share her years of hard-earned wisdom with others as well, Chadwick decided to write a book about “how to stylishly entertain without killing yourself.” “Some Assembly Required: Stylish entertaining and successful meals without stress!” was published in 2007. Chadwick feels that in today’s cyberworld, it’s more important than ever for people to gather together, face-to-face, for a meal and conversation. The key, she says, is not to make the preparations so difficult that you won’t do it. We need to invite our friends into our homes, she

says, but in a way that is relaxed and easy and satisfying to all. When entertaining friends with whom she wants to “have a cerebral conversation, not just cocktail chatter,” Chadwick gathers her guests around a simple table to nibble on perhaps a fresh salad with lemon, olives, tomatoes and warm bread. Then more food is added to the table in stages, maybe pre-marinated shrimp or something hot off the grill. Eating one thing at a time at a relaxed pace, she says, allows the hostess to remain at the table, enjoying her guests, instead of slaving over the stove. At the Metropolitan Club, buffet tables contain elaborate floral

centerpieces, but at home, Chadwick prefers to let the food take center stage. “I always have fresh flowers in my home, but almost never on the table. If the food is beautifully prepared, then it will be decoration enough. At home, I use white china, linen napkins with pretty napkin rings and candles. Lighting is a huge part of the food experience.” Her favorite go-to appetizer is Black Pepper Brie, a dish that is quick and easy to prepare, but presents well and packs great flavor. “The rind on a round of brie is rubbery and unappealing, but when you pat some pepper on it and sauté it in a little butter, the rind becomes nicely browned, crisp and flavorful – just delicious,” she said. “I love to serve it with sweet grape tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and warm French bread.” For another secretly simple appetizer with fabulous flavor, toss a whole orange into a blender – skin and all – maybe adding a little water or a cup of Chardonnay. Toss the blended mixture over boiled, cleaned shrimp and marinate overnight, or for at least two hours. “The citrus kills any bacteria on the shrimp, so there is no offensive seafood smell,” Chadwick said. “It still tastes like shrimp, but with a little sweetness. Put the shrimp on a platter with fresh parsley and serve. What could be easier?” In “Some Assembly Required,” Chadwick reassures us that the products available to home cooks today – fresh herbs, prime meat, great wine, luscious

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freezer for the rare occasion when an effort is actually irretrievable,” she said. “Then, forgive yourself and eat!” “Some Assembly Required” can be purchased at the Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. ■


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Sautéed Black Pepper Brie

From “Some Assembly Required” by Lee Chadwick Ingredients • 1 (8-ounce) round of brie • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper • 2 teaspoons butter Instructions Sprinkle water over brie, then sprinkle the pepper over the top. Heat butter in a

skillet over medium heat until melted. Add brie and cook until bubbly; do not burn. Turn to cook the other side, or place brown side up on a plate. Serve with apple slices, crackers or grape tomatoes and French bread. If you have trouble getting the pepper to stay on, simple sprinkle it in the pan, then add the brie. Serves 4 to 6.


Author’s note: In the spirit of culinary adventure, I decided to test this recipe in my own kitchen. Well, okay, I sweet-talked my husband, the true chef in our family, into making it for me. He chose to top one brie round with a cranberry/pomegranate chutney and fresh rosemary and the other with jalapeno jelly and fresh mint, and he reports that the recipe is every bit as easy as Lee Chadwick promises. I assure you, the delicious results were devoured as soon as the last photo was taken.

he vibrant wedding bouquet displayed on our cover was designed by the talented florists at Flowers From Us in Crabapple, including Sid Flowers (yes, that’s his real name!), Thom Foreman and Billy Bates. Our cover bouquet features a colorful combination of tulips, peonies, orchids, hydrangeas, garden roses, freesia, succulents and mini Calla lilies. According to Bates, peonies and succulents are hot items for bridal bouquets this year, giving a freshlypicked-from-the-garden, romantic feel. Like the elegantly-textured, super fragrant peonies, garden roses also open their centers wide, giving a far more dramatic show than typical hothouse roses. Succulents, sort of a miniature cactus, pair beautifully with textured florals like peonies. The most popular succulents have a lovely rosette-shape, and a muted grey-green color which

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No doubt about it, Roswell is a wedding town. Countless young brides each year flock to the historic city, where rose-scented gardens and white columned antebellum homes offer a classic, fairytale setting for the big event. But not far from the historic Town Square, another Roswell venue is shaking things up a bit. The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC), nestled in a wooded setting along the banks of the Chattahoochee River,

offers a unique alternative for brides seeking rustic elegance and spacious natural vistas. A large waterfront pavilion provides a picturesque spot for taking the proverbial plunge. “Today’s bride wants to express her individuality while making a statement about what she values,” said CNC’s Lynn McIntyre. “Green lifestyles call for a new way of celebrating, and brides of all ages are inspired by our beautiful, relaxed outdoor setting.” In the three years CNC has been hosting weddings, they have seen it all – a bride arriving by lantern-lit canoe, a cow in attendance and guests kicking up their heels for barbecue and dancing


under the stars. “We’re quite popular with older brides, remarriages and young brides with a unique sense of style,” said McIntyre. “In today’s wedding world, the décor is much more natural and ‘funky fun’ is perfectly acceptable.”

The Dress

Lauren Williams of Treasures Formals and Bridal in Roswell says subdued shades set the stage for 2014 trends in bridesmaid dresses. Soft fabrics reign supreme with only a hint of hue, such as blush, champagne, grey and Tiffany blue. Pairing similar versions of the same dress, such as a strapless style with a complimenting one-shoulder style gives variety while maintaining a cohesive feel.

In bridal trends, vintage inspiration leads to lace with subtle sparkle. Straps and cap sleeves have made a comeback, but don’t count out strapless as many designers still favor this timeless neckline. Romance is the key theme in styles with soft layering of fabrics — whether tulle, organza or lace. Textures are light to create movement and allure.

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Colleen Nelson of Murson Designs says the trend in florals this year is “modern vintage glam.” “Last year’s look was very rustic and simple, and we are still seeing some of that, but this year we are glamming up the farm look a bit,” she said. “We’re creating bouquets with a classic, elegant look and a feathery texture. Peonies are always very popular for bridal bouquets and I expect to see a lot of garden roses in 2014. They are so fragrant and have a much more ‘feathery’ look to them than standard roses. With the limited availability of peonies, garden roses are a beautiful option. “My advice to brides is this – there are no rules to your décor, only suggestions. We’re all inspired by the trends that we see published, but in the end, pick a few of the things that you see and like. Then, pick a designer that can pull it all together to create your vision. And make sure that the designer has a smile on their face when you are talking to them. It’s a sign that they love what they do.”

The Food

Family-style dining at wedding receptions is becoming more popular, according to Georgina Mathews of Talk of the Town Catering. “We love it,” she said. “Platters are brought to individual tables, giving guests the choices of a buffet without having to get up and leave their conversations.” Specialty bars of all sorts remain a fun trend. Mathews suggests a s’mores bar for fall weddings, with a little fire station, skewers, marshmallows and creative toppings.

1. An outdoor wedding at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. 2. Chattahoochee Nature Center’s waterside pavilion. 3. A bridal getaway by canoe at the CNC. 4. A fun father-daughter dance. 5. An all-in-one pocket invitation from The Chandlery. 6. Allure Bridesmaids available at Treasures. 7. A bouquet in textured neutrals by Murson Designs. 8. Allure Romance Bridal Gowns available at Treasures.

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You’ve probably seen viral YouTube videos of a traditional father/daughter or mother/son wedding dance which begins sedately, but then suddenly morphs into a full tilt, choreographed groove session — much to the hilarity of everyone present. Ted Crowder of Atlanta Bands and DJ’s says the key to planning a surprise dance is to work with your entertainer in advance. “I can email a custom mixed song to you, allowing ample time for choreography and rehearsals,” he said. Crowder also suggests creating a full itinerary for your emcee, so they can be familiar with the timing of your grand entrance, the cake cutting or your run through the bubbles — allowing smooth transitions throughout the evening.

The Invitations

Suzanne Feeney says 60 percent of the invitation orders made at The Chandlery in Roswell are still very traditional, though brides can choose from a wide array of designs – everything from burlap to palm trees. Chiffon ribbons are on their way out, with small, thin satin ribbons taking their place. “Save the date” cards are still very popular, especially for weddings with out of town guests. A new trend is all-inone “pocket” invitations, especially for destination weddings. Feeney says having a good wedding website is a big help for hotel and registry information. “Just remember to be discreet about the photos you are posting on your wedding website,” she advises. “You might want to think twice about those pics from the bachelorette party — your grandmother will be seeing them.”

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and light gray are great neutrals and will soften and lighten an outfit when the jonquils start to bloom. Put aside the deep intense shades of fall and winter (mustard, burgundy, olive, rust) and embrace this year’s pastels. Radiant orchid is the hot color this year and looks great with light gray, navy and cream. Texture: Put away your velvets, wool, cashmere and bulky knits. Choose finer gauge cotton sweaters, cotton, canvas or tencel jackets. Winter scarves should be stored and instead wear cotton, silk and sheer scarves in lighter and brighter colors of spring. Weight: Heavy denim, wool coats, puffer coats and suede boots give way to lightweight denim, cotton jackets and bright colored loafers or driving moccasins. Here are five pieces that can be mixed with your winter/spring wardrobe to keep you comfortable and fashionable while the temperatures fluctuate:

This trend has become a fashion staple. A simple maxi skirt in a neutral color (avoid black if possible) can be worn with boots and a warm scarf on a cold day or peep toe wedges and a sheer blouse on a warm day.

Peep toe bootie: My favorite accessory for spring. They can be worn with tights and a skirt on cooler days or barefooted with a pair of skinny jeans on warmer days. Find a pair in a soft brown or taupe color to wear through spring.

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Fine gauge sweaters in pastels: Embrace the year of pastels by freshening your collection of sweaters with fine gauge ones in radiant orchid, fresh green, light blue and navy. Cardigans and shells are classic spring pieces that round out any wardrobe. Not a fan of a sweater shell? Wear it as a vest over your favorite denim or gingham button-down shirt.

Light, soft colored jacket: Whether you choose anorak or trench (or both), a khaki, pastel or floral jacket will keep you warm but still embrace the emergence of blossoms, leaves and sunny mild days. Easily paired over jeans, skirts or capris. As the spring temperatures rise and fall, the earth comes alive with new growth. Embrace the seasonal change by dressing your best in these functional, comfortable, classic pieces in the soft colors of spring. Happy dressing! â– As a personal wardrobe consultant and owner of Alpharetta-based Fashion With Flair, Lori Wynne helps people look their best. Contact her at

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ore and more, the traditional wedding cake is not alone in stealing the show at receptions. Some couples are choosing desserts that better reflect their personalities. Anything is acceptable to serve at your reception these days…even root beer floats and ice cream buffet bars. So, remember, while you’ll never go wrong with tradition, it’s okay to think outside the cake box. Here’s what’s trending now:

WEDDING CAKE Most couples still prefer the traditional

wedding cake as their dessert of choice. Many believe that while the bride’s dress is the visual focal point of the ceremony, the wedding cake should be the visual focal point of the reception. Wedding cakes continue to become increasingly taller, grander and more remarkable works of creativity. Cake flavors and fillings have become more inventive and imaginative, while textures, flowers and lace are but a few of the design and decorating choices that help make wedding cakes true show stoppers.

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COOKIES The Cookie Table has a long and vibrant past. In some areas of the country, like the city of Pittsburgh, the Cookie Table takes center stage at most every reception. No one knows exactly where it started, but many people credit Italian and Eastern European immigrants who wanted to bring a bit of the Old Country to the big day in the New World. The varieties are endless and the display can be visually stunning.

CUPCAKES Their size makes them easy to handle, and the flavor combinations

Truffles are rich, hand-shaped and chocolate coated with sinfully decadent toppings. A perfect bite that frees up wedding guests to move around and socialize with other guests without being tied to a table. Coconut cream, Oreo cheesecake and Turtle cheesecake are just a few of the many varieties.

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omeone Else’s Love Story” by Georgia author Joshilyn Jackson has been chosen for the 9th Annual Roswell Reads Community Read program. A New York Times bestselling author from Decatur, Jackson will talk about her book and her writing at the Roswell Reads Literary Luncheon on Saturday, March 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road. $15 tickets, which include a meal, may be purchased in the Friends of the Roswell Library Book Store, 115 Norcross Street,

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Roswell, or online through the City of Roswell Recreation and Parks Department program registration process, using program code 31560. Joshilyn Jackson, is the author of five novels: gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, and A GrownUp Kind of Pretty. Her latest book tells the story of Shandi Pierce who is finishing college, raising her delightful three-yearold genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a tall, blonde geneticist named William Ashe, who willingly steps between the armed robber and her son, believing it is his destiny. Now, he and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head on, in a funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness. ■

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his winter has been brutal. With the cold and of course the snow and ice, working out has been a challenge. I know I’ve been sitting on my derriere more than normal and I suspect many of you have, too. Now that the weather is improving and spring break is around the corner, it’s time to get up and move. And about that derriere? Maybe it’s time for some repair work. Here are five exercises to help tone the tush and improve the view from behind.

Squats The dreaded squat – so few like it but oh, it does a butt good. It also does the hips, thighs and calves good too. The lower you go, the better the exercise. Push some dumbbells up above your shoulders for added benefit. Stand tall with feet shoulder-width apart. Lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Pause, then slowly push yourself back to starting position. When squatting,

Lunge leg lifts The lunge is an excellent compound exercise too, so not only will you tighten the tush, you’ll tone up the surrounding muscles, too. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, back straight, shoulders back. Step forward with one leg into a wide stance and lower your hips until both knees are bent at about a 90 degree angle. Don’t extend your front knee over your ankle and keep your back knee just above the ground. Push your heels into the ground and push back up into the starting position. Repeat on the other leg. For an added benefit, add a leg lift on the back end of the exercise.

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Remember that step class you used to take? Grab that step, add a few levels and start stepping. Don’t pass a 90-degree angle with your step or box and keep your feet flat when stepping and press with the heel. You’ll have a derriere to die for in no time.

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line for total body self-tanning is Xen Tan ($8-40). ► Allow to “set” for 10 minutes, then apply a light layer of the same body lotion over self-tanner, blending into skin until thoroughly absorbed. ► Remove gloves and apply tanner to backs of hands and fingers (not to nail area), let it set and then apply body lotion over hands as well. ► Do not dress or move around too much for 20 minutes. Then wear light fabric or loose fitting gown for additional 20 minutes while drying hair and so on. Most products currently on the market will dry and begin to develop color by this time. To remove any streaks or darker spots, use nail polish remover on cotton pads and apply directly to area, carefully blending into surrounding area. ► For more intense color, reapply selftanner only within three hours of initial application. Do not shower or bathe for at least six hours after last layer of product. (Do not reapply body lotion after second layer of tanner.) To maintain color, reapply self-tanner every few days or as color fades. ■

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Identify, Connect,EngageD...

North Fulton young professionals pop the question By HANS APPEN


he North Fulton Alliance of Young Professionals (NFAYP) is a networking group for the up-andcoming in the six cities of North Fulton. The group was started in August of 2012 with my wife and five other board members. Since that time, all of the original board members have either married or become engaged. Coincidence? Maybe. But I’d like to think that NFAYP had a little something to do with it! Here are their engagement stories:

Kristin Rome, Project Manager, North Fulton CID Brett Winzeler, Financial Analyst, Georgia Pacific Just before Thanksgiving 2013, Brett and Kristin were visiting Brett’s family in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Brett took Kristin to a secluded park on the beach where a photographer was hiding to capture the moment. After she said yes, Kristin’s family, who had been vacationing in Orlando, surprised her along with Brett’s parents, and the entire party enjoyed a wonderful Italian dinner. They will be married in Norcross on Oct. 17.

Kellie Jureka, Graphic Designer Jonathan Copsey, Editor, Alpharetta/Roswell Revue & News Jonathan took Kellie to a romantic dinner at Milton’s Cuisine in Crabapple. Seated in the back corner room next to a beautiful fire, they teased one another over dinner, saying they’d give the relationship another year. A few minutes later, the server came out with a covered dessert dish from the cook. Jonathan removed the lid to reveal a jewelry box and got down on one knee. Without even waiting for the question, Kellie excitedly said, “yes!” The couple will be married at Roswell’s Barrington Hall in October of this year.

Melissa Shelley, Occupational Therapist Peter Tokar, Director of Economic Development, City of Alpharetta On Christmas Day 2013, Peter insisted that he and Melissa go to the park to let their dogs, Betty White and Tucker, run around a bit. As they were walking the dogs back to the car, Melissa noticed Betty White had a little purse attached to her collar. She opened the purse and wrapped up in tissue paper was a ring! She said yes – to Peter, and to Betty White.

► See ENGAGED, Page 38

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orth Atlanta is a hub for trendy-yet-refined interior decor. With plenty of brick and mortar stores to choose from, the difficult part is picking which styles best reflect your personality and taste. Below, experts offer their views on the staples and fads.

2014 Color Trends

Fashion is fashion whether in clothing or home decor and trends translate into both arenas. 2014 Pantone Color of the Year? Radiant Orchid. If orchid conjures up nostalgic thoughts of mauve, and maybe not in a good way, pair it with gray or a rich vivid purple for a fresh take on an old classic. This year gray hints at taupe instead of the neutral gray that has been so popular. Trends aside pick colors you love and you can’t go wrong. Easy on the budget and easy to change. Limit the use of trends to an accent wall and accessories to pull the color throughout your home. So go for it... with splash of Radiant Orchid. Happy Decorating! ■

Cindy McClanahan Lear is an Interior Designer for the full service design center, Tuscany Fine Furnishings 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd. in Roswell,, 770-9930640 open Mon-Sat 10-6 p.m. Sun. 1-5 p.m.

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oyal or not, many of us have our own princesses or princes to plan for—and creating a nursery is a good place to start. What’s the best way to feather the perfect nest for your littlest angel? We asked interior designer Zoya Bograd, ASID, to share her thoughts, since she has designed many of them. Color: What with reports that babies see colors differently than we do—some stimulate the brain, others don’t, etc.—her view is create a room that you, the parent, like and look good in, too, and avoid selecting strong primary colors. Window Dressings: As for window treatments, she suggests looking for styles that allow you to manage the amount of light you want in the room at different times of the day and night. For example, she often uses from Hunter Douglas Vignette Modern Roman Shades with the top-down bottom-up design option when decorating a nursery. Vignette shades also have no exposed rear cords for enhanced child safety. Furniture: Bograd believes the key to a practical and good-looking nursery is the placement of the furniture. She believes the crib, for example, should never be close to a window because of dust and drafts. Furthermore, the windows themselves pose a potential danger once an infant is able to stand in the crib. And, with safety in mind, it’s smart for window dressings to have cordless operation. For more information, visit www. ■

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f you’re putting your home on the market, home staging is an important element in preparing your home for sale. The idea is to spruce up inside and outside and pack away personal items that may distract a buyer. One family’s keepsakes are another family’s clunkers, so pack away cute photos, unusual artwork and accessories, and replace tired towels, bedding and curtains. Clean out overstuffed closets so they look roomier. A little maintenance can help get the best price for your home. Wood floors are a big selling point, so make sure yours look their best. Minwax Hardwood Floor Cleaner will remove dirt and grime without leaving any residue. If your floors are scuffed and scratched, bring back their warm sheen without the mess and expense of refinishing. Minwax Hardwood Floor Reviver is easy to apply and refreshes worn hardwood floors. Finally, small details count: Touch up nicks and scratches in woodwork and wood furniture with an easy-to-use stain pen, such as the Minwax Wood Finish Stain Marker. You can learn more at www. Now your home will be ready for its close-up. ■

Timeless with a Twist


imeless doesn’t mean bland or boring. You can achieve a timeless classic look while still expressing your personality and bringing in those favorite trends. Start with clean and classic lines and traditional furniture. Choosing a few pieces with more modern elements will keep the room fresh and fun. Mirrored designs bring elegance and sophistication while adding depth to any room. You can also bring in a pop of color in a chair or ottoman, or an intricate modern piece to add a dramatic flair. Neutral color palates are a favorite and work wonderfully in any room. Bring in a pop of color with accessories or a fun statement piece you love. You can also add personality to a neutral room with animal prints, skins or embossed fabrics. Mixed metals are very popular. Dress up a room by bringing in a mixture of silver and gold which add warmth and elegance. A little symmetry can go a long way in room design. Two lamps for instance bring ambiance and help to balance the look. Side tables, chairs and ottomans are also good ways achieve balance in a room but they don’t necessarily have to match. We recently designed a home for the Roswell Women’s Club Homes of Distinction Tour where we incorporated several of the elements mentioned above to achieve an inviting timeless look with a twist. A few of my favorite rooms are shown above. ■

Joy Howell brings 23 years of home decorating experience to HFI. Her work can be found throughout the Southeast - Nashville, TN; Calabash, NC; along 30-A in the Florida Panhandle - to name a few. Her best advice: Rather than going for a design quick fix, spend a little more and decorate for the long run. march2014 | | 37


▼ ENGAGED, Continued from Page 36

From left, Michael Tilliski, Kristin Rome, Peter Tokar, Kellie Jureka, Hans Appen, Zach Mullins, Zee Jennings and Kristina Appen celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of North Fulton Alliance of Young Professionals.

Elizabeth Gant, Associate, Bennett Thrasher CPA and Consulting Firm Zach Mullins, Digital Media Specialist, Cox Media Group Following a day of fun-filled activities around town, Zach surprised Elizabeth with a proposal in front of the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center. Zach had a photographer hidden in the bushes to capture Elizabeth’s expression. Immediately following, the couple attended a surprise brunch with both families. They will be married in June in Highlands, N.C.

Hallie Yarbrough, Director of Marketing, The Writing Horse Zee Jennings, Vice President, TJG Senior Living Hallie was sitting with her father next to Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. Her father left to go get some coffee, and then Zee snuck out to the bench and surprised Hallie (who thought he was on a plane to Atlanta). After the proposal, Hallie’s friends and family were waiting at a nearby hotel to celebrate. The two were married in Jackson Hole, Wyo., on Sept. 1, 2013. ■

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don’t have to tell you that there aren’t enough hours in the day, especially the weekdays. At least for me. Sometimes Saturdays are almost as busy – doing all the things I couldn’t squeeze in before or after work. But generally, I can find an hour or so on Saturday to do something fun or important, even something I might have postponed on purpose. A few weeks ago, I found an extra hour on a Saturday morning – after rolling out of bed at a leisurely 7 a.m. and before my training session at 9:30 – for something that fit two out of three. It wasn’t fun, but I was postponing it and it was very important. I scheduled and kept my annual screening mammogram at the Roswell Imaging Center on the North Fulton Hospital campus. In a nod to those of us who find time at a premium on weekdays, the Breast Center at North Fulton Hospital’s Roswell Imaging Center now accepts morning mammography appointments on the first and third Saturdays


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In most instances, introducing dogs to each other is a seamless process. However, depending on each dogs’ behavioral history, there could be some unexpected challenges. Understanding basic dog behavior will greatly help you when making this introduction. One of the most important things to remember is that dogs tend to be pack animals, and pack animals follow a hierarchy, which includes submissive dogs as well as dominant dogs. As dogs interact with each other, they learn how to behave and form more stable relationships with each other. This is no different from when you bring a dog into your home. The way you train your dog solidifies your position as the dominant figure in the relationship. Dogs that are socialized as puppies and are well trained by their owners tend to be better adjusted and

usually more likely to be accepting of other dogs without fear or aggression. Aside from fear or aggression, dogs may also be territorial, so finding a neutral ground in the introduction process can be very helpful. This avoids the possibility of either dog becoming excited over defending a particular territory such as their home. If the initial introduction is successful and both dogs are accepting of each other, having them share positive activities together, such as taking walks and playing, can further strengthen the bond between them. In addition to introducing dogs on a neutral ground, it is important to do so with them on a leash, giving you better control over the dogs and allowing you to pull them apart if needed. Allowing them to sniff each other out is great as long as both dogs are relaxed and interested without being overly excited. They learn about their world mostly through their sense of smell vs. humans with our sense of sight. Pull them away from each other as necessary. It is very important to keep in mind that knowing your dog’s behavioral tendencies will help avoid possible stressful situations. If your dog tends to be very possessive with his/her food, avoid feeding dogs close to each other. Consider feeding dogs in different rooms or areas of the house. In time, many dogs learn to eat in close proximity to each other without getting too protective of their food. Last but not least, in situations where dogs are being a greater challenge than expected, you can consider an experienced dog trainer. ■

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Southeastern Pastel Society Art Exhibition 9 – 5 p.m. “Pastel Renaissance” features more than 50 exquisite pastel paintings in a juried event at the Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek. Paintings are available for purchase. Free to the public. More information at


Juried Art Exhibit in Roswell The Roswell Fine Arts Alliance presents “People, Places and Thingamabobs,” an invitational juried art exhibit at the Art Center at East Roswell Park, 9100 Fouts Road, Roswell. The art displayed is from five local art organizations and admission is free to the public until March 17. Fridays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturdays 1 – 4 p.m.

ACT1 Theater’s ‘The Money in Uncle George’s Suitcase’ ▲ Through March 30, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Uncle George invites his whole family to his rustic cabin for the weekend where he announces that somewhere on the property is a suitcase holding $480,000. What follows is a hilarious farce of pettiness, slander and greed. But George’s gift is much more important than mere money, though his relatives might not see it that way. Alpharetta Presbyterian Church theater, 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta. Order tickets online at Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ Through March 16. Jay Gatsby, a selfmade millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, adapted for stage by Simon Levy. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. More information at

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High Heels High Times 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. High Heels High Times is an afternoon of fashion shows, raffles, food and shopping to help support girls’ self-esteem in our community. This networking event raises funds for the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton’s charity programs. Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at


‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ at Milton High School ▲ Shows at 7 p.m. on March 1315; 20-22. Milton High School’s awardwinning theater company presents a fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. When popular Elle Woods’ boyfriend dumps her so he can get serious about Harvard Law School, Elle uses her charm to get into the school herself. There, she struggles with peers and professors, and needs the help of her friends to realize her potential and prove herself to the world. Purchase tickets and reserve seats online at


Dancing Goat Theatre’s ‘ Anne of Green Gables’ 11 a.m. Based on the beloved book by Lucy Maud Montgomery, “Anne of Green Gables” tells the story of Canadian farmers who intend to adopt a young boy to help with farm chores. To their surprise, a precocious red-headed girl, Anne Shirley, arrives instead and eventually wins her way into their lives and their hearts. Dancing Goat Theatre, 10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek. $15 tickets can be ordered online at Shamrockin’ for a Cure 7 p.m. Shamrockin’ for a Cure returns to Alpharetta to rock your night with great food, amazing bands and of course dancing. Help cure cystic fibrosis with a night filled with music that will rock the

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Water Drop Dash 5K and Festival ▲ 7:30 a.m. The second annual Water Drop Dash 5K, presented by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, is a 2013 Peachtree Road Race qualifier. The course is fast and flat along the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River. The family fun event begins with the Water Drop Dash 5K at 7:30 a.m., followed by a kids’ fun run at 8:15 a.m., then a family water festival at 8:30 a.m. full of prizes, kids’ activities

and utility mascots. All race participants receive a T-shirt and enjoy free admission to the nature center all day on race day. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Roswell Reads Literary Luncheon with Joshilyn Jackson 11:30 a.m. “Someone Else’s Love Story” by Georgia author Joshilyn Jackson will be read by hundreds of Roswell residents as part of the annual Roswell Reads community program. On March 15, the author will join local residents for a luncheon and book discussion, held at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road in Roswell. Tickets are $15 each, which includes a meal. Tickets may be purchased at the Friends’ Bookstore, just inside the Roswell Library. 2nd annual Roswell Beer Fest 2 – 6 p.m. The second annual Roswell Beer Festival in Historic Roswell will be bigger and better this year with more premium craft beers, a new cornhole tournament, great music and more food choices. Order early bird special tickets for $40 online by March 15. Admission only for those 21 and older. Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta Street, Roswell. More information at


Free photos with the Easter Bunny 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join the Easter Bunny at the Alpharetta Welcome Center where he will pose for individual or family photos. The photos will then be emailed to you to share with friends and family. This is a free event and refreshments will be served. No reservations required. Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main Street, Suite 200, Alpharetta.


‘Aladdin’ and ‘City Lights’ by Atlanta Dance Theatre 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Dance Theatre’s spring show opens with the story of “Aladdin,” a charming street urchin whose Genie in a bottle helps him to win the heart and hand of beautiful Jasmine. Then the spotlight shifts to “City Lights,” featuring live original music performed by major-label recording artist Nick, in a unique urban dance artistic collaboration. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. Purchase tickets online at


‘Art in Bloom’ Exhibition and Gala 7 p.m. Come experience art and flowers in a fresh way when the Johns Creek Arts Center pairs the art of floral design with two-dimensional art pieces. A benefit for the arts center, “Art in Bloom” opens with an exhibition and gala at Gallery Events, 10700 State Bridge Road in Johns Creek. Tickets are $75 each or a block of 10 tickets for $700. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


‘Coppelia’ by Roswell Dance Theatre ▲ 7:30 p.m. Also Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. Roswell Dance Theatre’s pre-professional company presents “Coppelia,” a classic ballet suitable for all ages. The costumes are glorious and the whimsical and delightful characters – the crazy toymaker, his doll and a young couple in love – will surely charm their way into your heart. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. Reserved tickets may be purchased at or by calling 1-855-222-2849.


The Great British Car Fayre in Alpharetta ▲ 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 100 classic British cars and motorcycles will be on display in downtown Alpharetta during a free, fun family event featuring the best of British music, food vendors, arts and crafts, great shopping and more. Have a glass of wine or beer and browse the abundance of unique cars while listening to the brilliant music of the Big Chicken Beatles Tribute Band, which will play from noon to 2 p.m. This is a rain or shine event. Downtown Alpharetta, Milton Avenue and Main Street. Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Explore your inner scientist at this family-friendly event offering experiments, exhibits, games and scienceoriented live entertainment and comedy. Open to the public. Free admission. Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. Farm Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center Noon – 4 p.m. Farmer Sue and her adorable farm animals from the Art Barn at Morning Glory Farm are visiting the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell for Farm Day. The barnyard ambassadors include geese, goats, sheep, chicks and bunnies. Brushing and touching is welcomed and encouraged. Don’t forget to bring your camera. A full afternoon of stories, crafts and animal encounters will explore the important roles animals play in our lives and our world. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.

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Northside Woman March 2014  

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Northside Woman is a work and play publication and companion website that covers news and features...